PPTA Union Meeting - Friday 2 December - school finishes at 12.30pm

Junior Prizegiving - Wednesday 7 December 10.30am, followed by kai then students released

Junior Project Days - Thursday 8 & Friday 9 December (early finish Friday - 12noon)

Ngā Tautokotanga Ākonga | Student Support

Tamatea High School offers a number of services to students

These services include a School Counsellor, Learning Support, Careers Advice and a Health Clinic (Public Health Nurse).


Junior (Year 9 & 10) – Miss Meredith Ellingham & Miss Amy Rose

Year 11 Dean – Miss Josie Burdon

Year 12 Dean – Miss Chelsea Hay

Year 13 Dean – Mrs Laleshni Kumar

Please see our staff list for email address details for each Dean.

Public Health Nurse

Our School Nurse, Michaela, is in school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week during term time. Students can contact her at nurse@tamatea.school.nz or call in to the clinic in the Kohukete Block (Admin building).

Guidance Structure

While teaching and learning is our core business, the school recognises the need to help students develop skills in relating to others by giving opportunities for personal growth and development.

Our guidance structure helps achieve these aims and guide students to reach their full potential. Every student is placed in a Whānau Group class.

A Whānau Group teacher monitors each student’s progress, attendance and well-being.

Deans and Whānau Group Teachers encourage contact from parents to discuss progress or concerns.

Every student has access to the Guidance Counsellor (Wendy) who is trained and experienced in helping students deal with school and personal issues.

A Home Liaison Whānau Support Person provides in-school support for students and is a crucial link between school and home. Attendance monitoring and home contact are also features of this role.

A Careers Team advises and assists students at all levels of the school on careers and training opportunities.

Learning Support

The School aims to maximise learning opportunities by providing a range of learning support measures.

Extension and Remedial Programmes for individual students are provided in Year 9 and/or Year 10.

Special Education pathways are provided to students with a medium to high level of physical and intellectual disabilities. Fairhaven Satellite School is located on site and provides a secondary school environment for students with some mainstream opportunities.

Our Learning Support staff aim to help students who have learning needs by providing remedial assistance. This assistance includes evaluation, monitoring and assessments, individualised programmes, reading and literacy support programmes. We also provide assistance for students returning from illness or other long term absence, as well as individualised extension.

Additionally, we provide support for students with specific behavioural needs, this includes: learning support, alternative and individualised programmes. The Dean, Resource Teacher, Learning and Behaviour (RTLB), Home Liaison/Whānau Support person, senior staff and external agencies all work together to provide support for the individual to gain success and achieve.